Suvivor’s Sunday Burquest Reveals Esophageal and Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

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Survivor contestant Sunday Burquest has revealed a devastating diagnosis of both esophageal and ovarian cancer, but the reality show contestant is facing it head on.

In a video on Instagram, Sunday faces the camera and shares the news with a positive message. She captioned the video, writing “Something I’d like to share. ❤️ I will survive.”

“I wanted to jump on and just talk you real quick. You know how they say when it rains it pours? Well, it really poured on me today,” Sunday said in the video.

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“I don’t know if you can read my T-shirt because it’s backwards,” she said of the shirt she was wearing. “But it says, I survived esophageal and ovarian cancer. When did I survive that? Well, I’m going to do it right now because today I was told that I had both, that esophageal cancer started and traveled to my ovary. It’s not a super great thing, of course, and not fun to hear, but I will say that I do know I have already survived cancer once and I will survive it again, which is why I’m wearing this shirt and saying right now I survived it,” she said.

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As she noted, this is not the first time Sunday has battled cancer. Her bio on the Survivor website reveals that she has already beaten breast cancer.

“Besides my four amazing kids, I’m most proud of being a breast cancer survivor,” the bio reads. “After five surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and 28 days of radiation—not to mention the horrible meds they put you on—I’m still here! It was important to me that my kids saw me as a ‘warrior,’ rather than as a whiner. Of course, it was hard, but I wouldn’t let cancer take over my life. Because of my faith, I was able to kick cancer’s butt!”

The 49 year-old is a youth pastor in Ostego, Minnesota. She appeared on Survivor Millennials vs Gen X in 2017.  While Sunday was on the Gen X team, opponent Zeke Smith was part of the millennial team. He took to Instagram to share a positive message.

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“There is no more enthusiastically strong, kind, and positive #Survivor than my darling @sundaysurvivor,” he wrote alongside a photo of the two embracing on the show. “She is relentless, and that esophageal & ovarian cancer doesn’t stand a chance!! I’ve got your back, Sunday, whatever can make this time a little less painful, I am here for — maybe another helicopter ride!? I promise @bretlabelle and I won’t have any more important convos without you! Sending all the love and healing and strength your way, but you’ve got all the strength you need already, #GritGirl #FCancer.”

Gen X teammate Brett Labelle also paid tribute to his “Survivor” friend.

“I was on all three islands with this survivor during #survivormillennialsvsgenx and we laughed everyday. Toughest woman I know. She beat cancer once and now she is going to do it again! I love you @sundaysurvivor and I have your back always! Let’s do this!! #nationalcancersurvivorday @survivorcbs.”

We’re wishing Sunday a full recovery as she moves forward with her fight against cancer.